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Paint and Varnish Remover

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A highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 27 reviews.

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Maureen Pearce

Made stripping a staircase and banister very easy. Had layers of paint on now back to beautiful oak wood .down side it was a bite messy
Brahm Norwich

Very good
It was what I was looking for renovate a oldish garden bench.
Roger Blight

Even better than the original Nitromors Product
Very easy to use, did not cause any skin irritation to me whereas the original Nitromors made my eyes water and skin itch. Also it got most of the paint of with the first application but you must be patient to let the reaction really get going.
Peter Day

Worked well for the job
Did a great job removing several old coats of varnish from boat.
Christine Cheney

Stripped the paint quite easily
Although I had to use 2 coats to remove 5 layers of paint, this product made the job quite easy.
Cameron Clark

Outstanding stripper!
We have been restoring the dining room in a house of 1790 vintage, with old Nairn linoleum layers (glued down) and stain around the outside. The linoleum came off with a steamer and stripping knife (albeit with some of the wood too; patience would have helped). The remaining adhesive and stain was dealt with by Paint Panther and Trollull steel wool. Initially, tried just brushing on the Paint Panther, moving around and then removing, but latterly used steel wool to agitate after the Paint Panther had been in place for 20min. Required a few coats, but have achieved outstanding results!
Rebecca Griffiths

This did not live up to its own hype
This is very messy and faffy to use, lots of appying and waiting and re-applying, this would be ok if it subsequently had the dramatic effects it claims, but it definitely doesn't. After a great deal of prep and lots of scraping this only removed a very thin layer of varnish and created lots of gooey dirty residue that I ended up having to use a sanding block to remove! I gave up and hand sanded remaining wood, even this was much easier where paint panther had NOT been applied! Not impressed.
Our feedback:-
This type of stripper is not everyone's 'cup of tea'. As with all gel strippers they dissolve the varnish or paint, which in turn, creates a 'gunge' that has to then be removed.

There shouldn't be much waiting though. The product reacts within a just a few minutes so I'm wondering if maybe it was left too long in this instance, which led to it being less effective.

If left too long the layers being removed start to harden again which creates more work. A test area is vital because it teaches the user what the optimum waiting time is.
Beverley Mcdermott

Good when left on for a longer time than stated
If you leave it on its easier to remove. The varnish does take several coats depending on layers of varnish to be removed. Long process stripping welsh dresser but with elbow grease and a good sanding this product has helped me.
N Moor

Excellent, strong and value for money
Excellent paint remover which visibly removes multi layers of paint in one go.
Colin Henderson

Removed varnish with minimal effort
Excellent product removed 4 layers easily within half an hour.
Mark Knight

Best varnish stripper by far!
Used properly, works a treat.
Paul Shaw

Worked very well not unpleasant either in confined areas
Worked well on stubborn paint useful for tough areas to sand

A product that actually works
After trying Nitromorse that didn't work at all I was in despair. But this product actually did the job! I used Paint Panther paint and varnish remover on a 1930's table & four chairs and together with some elbow grease I got the job done!
Christian Jordan

Excellent, better than nitromose use to be
This product does what it says on the tin and much more! It saved me hours of hard work and not to mention a lot of money because if I had continued using products you can buy over the counter, I would still be doing the job now. This is a fantastic product and comes very highly recommended.
Margaret Presnell

Very effective product. Easy to use but needs practice in leaving on for optimum time
I had used the remains of a stripper from years ago (now banned by the EU!) and bought the yellow tin from N********. It didnt shift the varnish at all! I found your website and took the chance with the Paint & Varnish Remover. It was SOOO good and no horrible fumes like the banned one. Took a bit of time to get the hang of how long to leave it on the varnish but it was extremely efficient and kept somehow drawing the varnish residue out of the wood with a second coat. I would definitely use this product again.
James Scott

Results exactly as indicated on product.
Significantly better than any other paint remover I have tried.
Keir Parker

It works well.
A great product, removed paint well, saving me lots of time.
Felicity Iliffe

Brilliant & Effective
Very little smell- worked really well on several layers of paint

Paint panther... Best in my experience
There is much said about the poor performance of paint removers now that the EU has banned certain deeply toxic chemicals from the products available to the general public. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked on stripping some toffee brown varnish from a 12m square floor in my dining room. Once you start, there's no use giving up halfway. I chose paint panther as having marginally better reviews than nitromors. The mixture has one advantage in that it is in a gel form. It also starts to work within 3-5 minutes and I actually found it better to work swiftly within 3-10 minutes, otherwise the dissolving effect began to slow down, and the stripper / varnish mix began to harden. In a weekend I had done the floor (two coats and even three sometimes required) and then limed and waxed. But at its best the stripper and varnish pealed away in a kind of film like cling film from the boards and I thought it a good product for what is a horrible job generally. In short. Better than I had expected and 4 liters almost exactly did the full floor and about 6m square of shelves. So good value in the end. Service in terms of delivery was first class. Can't fault it.
Linda Newsome

Excellent, excellent, excellent.
Did exactly what it said on the tin,unlike a few other brands i could mention that were more well known and more expensive, wish i had used this prouct first, would have saved a lot of time and money.excellent service would use them again.

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5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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